Classrooms

Class sizes are purposefully kept small – a maximum of only 12 students. Our certified and highly experience faculty includes two professionals in every classroom who provide each child with an individualized learning plan and tons of support in preparation for elementary school and beyond.

 

Keystone Child Development Center provides education-based childcare to children from 3 months through kindergarten in age-appropriate programs.

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Infants & Ones (3 – 24 months) provides the highest quality of care for our youngest learners in a safe, nurturing environment. A dedicated team of professionals, research-based practice, collaboration with families, and on-going monitoring of developmental milestones culminate to ensure that your child is off to a healthy, happy start.

Preschool (2 years – 3 years of age) provides a comprehensive approach to childcare and early learning. With a heavy emphasis on the acquisition and development of language and learning skills and social interactions, KCDC offers both naturalistic and structured learning opportunities. KCDC supports students through a purposefully-designed environment and atmosphere that promotes appropriate conduct and development. Our philosophy reinforces caregiver-child interactions to support intellectual, social and behavioral success right from the start.

Pre-K/VPK (3 ½ or 4 years – 5 years of age) prepares children for kindergarten. Instructional design is based on Florida Standards for Four Year Olds and Creative Curriculum’s Teaching Strategies continuum of developmental benchmarks. The multi-age classroom setting allows younger students to learn from older, more experienced peers while giving older students the opportunity to lead and support their younger peers. Low student-to-teacher ratios, on-going assessment, and dedicated teachers provide learning opportunities that are responsive to each child’s unique needs and interests and that appropriately challenge each child to continue their academic and whole-child growth.

VPK is free of charge for Florida families; however, qualification for the VPK voucher will depend on approval from the Early Learning Coalition of Duval. To participate in the VPK voucher program, a student must turn four before Sept. 1 of the year of enrollment. For more information regarding the VPK voucher and regulations, please feel free to contact us or visit the links below.

Kindergarten is a one- or two-year program designed to fit the individual needs of each student. A low student-to-teacher ratio allows teachers to create personal relationships with students, to identify their strengths and weakness, and to individualize instruction to appropriately challenge and support each learner. In addition to an emphasis on individualized academics guided by Florida Kindergarten Standards, our program focuses on the continued development of language and social skills to fortify each learner’s foundation for continued success after kindergarten.

Aftercare promotes pro-social behaviors addressing topics such as the basics of friendship, conversation skills, team-playing, emotion regulation and body safety. We strive to seize each moment to create valuable teaching opportunities while providing a safe and nurturing environment. In the “Making Friends, Pre-K–3: A Social Skills Program for Inclusive Settings” (Second Edition) curriculum, students enjoy structured and unstructured social activities while reaping the benefits of weekly themes and lessons.

KCDC students achieved outstanding academic results in the last school year!

VPK students

The Florida Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten (VPK) program is guided by the Florida Standards for Four Year Olds. These standards describe the skills VPK students should master by the end of their VPK year in order to lay the foundation for academic success in kindergarten.  “Kindergarten readiness” refers to the mastery of these foundational skills. In Florida’s VPK program, academic learning is broken down into four categories: print knowledge, phonological awareness, oral language/vocabulary, and mathematics. The VPK Assessment was administered at the beginning, middle and end of the school year in order to establish a baseline and measure individual student progress across these 4 academic domains.

When the VPK assessment was first administered at the start of the 2015-16 school year, none of the students in KCDC’s VPK program were on track to meet expectations for kindergarten readiness by the end of the school year in the area of phonological awareness. Just 25% of the VPK students were on track for kindergarten readiness in the areas of oral language/vocabulary and mathematics, and 50% of students were meeting expectations in the area of print knowledge.

Over the course of the school year, KCDC’s VPK students received individualized, well-designed instruction that allowed for growth for all students across academic domains. By the end of the school year, the results were remarkably different and positive!

  • ALL students in KCDC’s VPK program met or exceeded expectations for kindergarten readiness in the areas of print knowledge and mathematics.
  • 85 percent of the class had met or exceeded criteria for kindergarten readiness in the area of phonological awareness.
  • 70 percent of the class had met or exceeded criteria for kindergarten readiness in the area of oral language/vocabulary.

Kindergarten students

During the 2015-2016 school year, KCDC’s kindergarten program used the criterion-referenced Brigance Inventory of Early Development (Brigance IED-III) to inform and individualize instruction and to measure students’ academic progress. The Brigance IED-III is intended for use with children from birth through seven years of age for the purpose of helping educators to assess key school readiness skills, identify students’ strengths and weaknesses, plan data-based instruction, and monitor each child’s progress.

The academic portions of this assessment were administered to each child in November, February and April, and results helped to guide instructional decisions made to advance each child’s learning. Over the course of the school year, each KCDC kindergarten student demonstrated growth across the academic domains of Literacy and Mathematics & Science. The graph compares the average scores at the beginning and end of the school year. The increase in raw scores in both domains reflects the mastery of new skills across domains.

KCDC has a lot to offer your 3-month-old to 8-year-old child! Come for a visit and check out why our students perform so well academically.

KCDC offers rolling admission throughout the year, when space is available. To enroll, please complete our Admission Survey. A representative from The Keystone Child Development Center will contact you to further discuss enrollment and to provide you with an enrollment form. Children are assessed and placed based on their individual strengths and challenges. Once an application is complete, our admissions committee determines if an applicant will be invited for a classroom visit.

Address: 6867 Southpoint Drive North, Jacksonville, FL 32216
Phone: 904.619.6071 | Fax: 904.212.0309 | Email: info@keystonebehavioral.com
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